At some point in our life we tend to look back on our life and the people who were in it and reflect. Recently I have been thinking about doing this more and more. I have a new job because of the amazing skills that I learned in college. I didn’t realize how grateful I was until my new boss asked where I had gained the knowledge that I needed for this job. There was not one time during that conversation that I didn’t use “I learned this at college from this professor or from this class.”
Ever since I graduated I had become distant from the college and even more so from the professor that taught me everything that I know in media. I figured out the reason was because I wasn’t living up to my potential and I felt like I had disappointed him. I felt ashamed that I wasn’t going out and grabbing my dream like I talked about so much while in school. But the truth was that I was terrified that if I failed then everything that I learned didn’t really stick or that my professor would be so disappointed in me because I had such potential.
Well to be honest that was a stupid fear I had. So every reason that I had been avoiding him for the past 7 months was for nothing. So here I am sitting in a Perkins waiting (crashing a college final) to talk to him and say thank you. To tell him that everything he taught me was worth it. That I am making something of myself. That every skill he taught me was being put to good use. That without him I might was well be still working a dead end job with no hope of going anywhere. All while trying to resist crying because he is a very dear professor to me, a mentor, a friend, and the perfect person tell me to reach for my dreams.
Thank you for everything!